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Kelly Papa, PTA

Celebrating her 18th anniversary with Excellent Physical Therapy this May, Kelly is a Physical Therapy Assistant and one of the original members of the EPT team.  A 1990 graduate of Hamilton College who found herself drawn to physical therapy, Kelly earned her PTA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1997.  “I started out volunteering in PT during college and loved the field,” shared Papa, a Long Valley resident who began her career working at a practice in Caldwell before joining the EPT team in 2000.

“In 2006, I had a patient with Parkinson’s disease and took several classes on gait and balance in order to be able to serve him better,” recalled Papa.  After other patients began needing and benefitting from the same service, she helped launch EPT’s unique Gait & Balance Program and has served as Clinical Supervisor of the program ever since.  “I took even more classes in the specialty and the program grew from there,” she said of the hundreds of patients who have successfully come through the program in the past 12 years.  “The more sedentary we are, the more our strength and balance decline, so the program is about keeping people moving in a safe and healthy way while having fun.”

Though Papa had been captain of her swim team in college and originally planned to specialize in treating fellow athletes, “my Parkinson’s patient was so interesting and helped me connect to a broader range of patients and especially seniors, a group I enjoy working with because I feel like I learn so much from them,” she said.  “Today, my wonderful patients and great colleagues are the things I love most about my job!”

Frank LaMorte, DPT

Celebrating his 20th anniversary with Excellent Physical Therapy this summer, Frank is a Clinical Supervisor and a proud original member of the EPT team.  A graduate of the University of Delaware with a BS in Physical Education Studies in 1998 and a subsequent Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2003, Frank specializes in spine disorders, shoulder injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation.  “I love treating the spine and shoulders and dealing with a broad range of clients who represent different ages, backgrounds, issues, and goals – from the high intensity of our younger athletes to the motivation and drive of our older patients,” he said.

Among Frank’s favorite aspects of working at EPT is the family atmosphere among staff members.  “The length of time our staff has been together shows in our level of teamwork and quality of care,” he said.  He also loves the practice’s uniquely personalized approach.  “We specialize in hands-on, manual therapy at EPT and I love getting to spend that one-on-one time with our patients – it’s the only way I know how to practice,” he said.  “To see someone come to us in pain and be able to positively impact them and restore their quality of life is so rewarding.”

Cheryl Arnold, MSPT

A dedicated member of the Excellent Physical Therapy team since the practice first opened 20 years ago, Cheryl, who earned her Masters of Science of Physical Therapy from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2001, specializes in “any issues associated with the bones or muscles,” conditions of the neck and back, and women’s health and has a unique understanding of the field of rehabilitation -- one borne from hard experience.  A lifelong athlete who played Division 2 soccer in college, “I rehabbed myself from a shoulder surgery as well as foot and ankle injuries over the years, so I fully understand the nature of injuries as well as the recovery process,” she said.  “Orthopedics and physical therapy are very close to my heart and have been my drive for over two decades.”

When not putting in long hours working with a loyal legion of both ongoing and new clients at EPT, the Clinton resident and avid equestrian owns three horses, plays both outdoor and indoor polo every week, and currently serves as Vice President of the Tinnicum Park Polo organization.  “Horses have been my passion since I was two years old and my parents gave me riding lessons for my 10th birthday hoping I would get it out of my system,” she laughed of the move, which only cemented her love for the sport.

When it comes to her patients, Cheryl said that the sweet rewards of “success” keep her endlessly energized and inspired.  “It’s exciting to go to a continuing education class in the field and come back with new pearls of wisdom or a new approach to treating clients,” she said of the constantly evolving practice of physical therapy.  “I love when we achieve our ultimate goal and are able to restore a patient back to normalcy and return them to living their best life,” she said.

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